Volvo promotes electric bus solution at global city summit

Volvo used the C40 Mayors Summit which brought city leaders from around the world together in Mexico as a platform to promote its electromobility projects.

Volvo has supplied 3,000 hybrid and electric buses globally and it recently unveiled the world’s largest bus at FetransRio which has capacity for up to 300 people. The vehicle is 30m in length and was designed to cater for the needs of Bus Rapid Transit systems and provide more efficient transportation in addition to reducing fleet sizes and emissions.

Following the UN’s 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), mayors from around the world gathered in Mexico City to discuss the growing climate change crisis. Four major cities – Athens, Paris, Mexico City and Madrid – used the event to signal an intention to ban all diesel-powered vehicles by 2025.

Meanwhile, Volvo is urging cities to adopt electromobility transport solutions including electric and hybrid vehicles. It argues that if all 26 cities represented in Mexico switched their entire fleet to Low Emission Vehicles (LEV), 2.8tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions could be saved each year – the equivalent of taking almost 590,000 cars off the road.

“Cities around the world are taking positive steps in addressing the global transport issues by initiating LEV systems,” says Håkan Agnevall, president, Volvo Bus. “As both environmentally clean and comfortable, we believe electric bus systems are the future of urban public transport.”